January 17th, 2007


Nice old ones and a few ones are even new...see no 12

1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

2. A will is a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

6. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

7. If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

8. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

9. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.

10. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

11. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

12. A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

13. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

14. Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under.

15. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

16. A calendar's days are numbered.

17. A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.

18. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

19. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

20. A plateau is a high form of flattery.

21. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.

22. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

23. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

24. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine .

25. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

26. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

27. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

28. Acupuncture: a jab well done.

29. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

Note: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Me, the possible kidnapper...

Last week there was tremendous drama here as a child was kidnapped from Kirkwood, a nearby community. Amazingly, he was found in 4 days' time with concerned people calling the police with information. And miraculously, another child who had been missing since 2002 was also found in the kidnapper's home.

All this background so that you can understand that mothers of young children around here are obviously on high alert.

Yesterday I decided that I would look for the elusive Cardinal, that bright-red bird which I have hardly seen, in the area where I last saw it...St Roch's Church....which has the St Roch's school attached (I saw that bird in the school yard actually.)

It was well below freezing yesterday, so I was nicely bundled up...vest, top, sweater, my rival-the-Eskimo black jacket, with the hood up over my cover-the-ears cap, thick mittens, thick trousers and walking shoes...I had my camera along too, but it didn't show up among all the black.

I slipped and fell, possibly on some ice, but after having checked that not much except my pride was injured, was VERY keen on getting a photo of the cardinal and though my face got a little wet, I carried on towards the school. What I didn't realize was that I had an awful golf-ball shaped lump on my right eyebrow, which enhanced my appearance even further.

As I stepped into the schoolyard, two ladies suddenly stepped out with unmistakably apprehensive looks and said,very loudly, "Can we help you?"

I immediately realized that possibly I was not looking a very reassuring sight, so I opened my mouth to tell them how I was a nice mother like them... and I realized that my face had practically frozen over. I couldn't move my mouth properly and began to mumble something.

The ladies' faces took on looks of actual horror as they backed in behind the safety of the door, from where they started yelling, "WHAT DO YOU WANT?"

I then held my camera aloft and by this time my mouth opened enough for me to talk properly and explain about the cardinal. The look of relief on their faces was comical.

I never knew that one day I would be thought of as a possible kidnapper, pervert, psycho or worse...but ah, it happened yesterday!

Anyway...I am NOT going after that cardinal any more....

The Train at St.Louis Zoo

A lovely train which visitors ride,
At the St Louis Zoo;
It's not big, it's not wide,
But it will take all of you.

Around the Zoo it chugs along,
Bells clanging at the crossing;
The engineer waves to the visiting throng,
And they wave back at him, pausing.

Two flags flutter upon its head,
One is the famous Old Glory;
The other one,blue, white and red,
Is the flag of Missouri.

"Instead of walking around the Zoo,
It's great to board it with children.."
Say tired parents and grandparents, who
Enjoy the Zoo a little more,then!

Train, St Louis Zoo

Fall...and Winter

Here's Fall...

that's Fall...

and here's Winter!

that's winter!

The difference is, the coloration in the leaves and their dropping off is part of the tree's life; but the ice is not good for the tree, and often, branches break off with the brittleness, or due to the weight of the ice.

But the fall colours and the frost are both amazing....

Fall...Shapes and Colours

The gate is closed, excluding those who're late;
The leaf is fallen, alive no more;
They speak of loss of hope,the leaf and gate...
When one did not hear opportunity's knock at the door.

The gate's straight lines and curves
The leaf's dry shape upon the ground...
Each of them just serves
To symbolize sadness profound.

The blues on the gate,colours of grief,
Seem wintry and bleak.
The warm hues of the leaf
However, seem to speak...
The gate will open, a new leaf will grow:
The snow will melt, once again the sun will glow:
Winter in Spring will get relief.

Pic for Deepsan

Thanks to deepsan who made me see shapes and colours around me..

The Rembrandt Exhibit

We had been to the Rembrandt etchings/woodcut exhibition at the Art Museum at St Louis ...again, just a 40-minute walk from home....and his command of line and light and shadow, detail and perspective, was just stunning.

Here's his quickly-sketched self-portrait...

Self portrait etching of Rembrandt

We were not allowed to photograph several pictures because they were from private collections.